It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Pages: 373 (including Author’s Note)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.
I don’t usually write a book review for all the books I read, but if a book particularly stands out, I’ll want the whole world to know. One book that fits this is It Ends With Us, the most recent book by American author Colleen Hoover. This book is amazing. I went through a rollercoaster of emotions – anger, disgust, sadness, happiness and joy. It really tugged on my heartstrings.
At the beginning of It Ends With Us, we are introduced to Lily Bloom, who has never had an easy life and is planning to set up her own business in Boston to try to take her mind off things. When we meet Lily she has just had to endure her father’s funeral and goes onto the roof of the building, embarrassed that she was unable to read out his eulogy. It is there that she meets Ryle Kincaid, a neurosurgeon who failed to save a young boy’s life. Lily and Ryle start telling each other ‘naked truths’ about themselves, and it is clear that they have a strong connection. However, Ryle reveals that he does not want a relationship, and Lily is understandably disappointed since she really likes him and isn’t interested in one night stands. They agree to stay apart, but this proves difficult, especially when Lily’s new employee Allysa turns out to be Ryle’s sister – there’s no way they can avoid each other now. Things get more complicated when Atlas, Lily’s first love, comes back into the picture, bringing out a side of Ryle that Lily never thought she’d see.
It Ends With Us was the first book I’ve read by Colleen Hoover, and it certainly won’t be the last. Her writing is so powerful and grips you right from the start. I felt drawn into Lily’s world and I wanted to know more about her past and how Atlas would fit into her future. I could really sympathise with Lily; I couldn’t imagine what she was going through. I also loved Allysa, although I did find it strange that she was so enthusiastic about working for Lily, especially since she didn’t exactly need the money. I was kind of mad at Colleen for making Ryle out to be so horrible. He seemed so perfect at first (he is intelligent, kind AND handsome), and I was crushed when he ended up being exactly what Lily feared. There were times when I wished it was all just a misunderstanding, but Lily made the right decision and I admire her for that. She is very brave and exactly the type of protagonist women should be reading about.
While It Ends With Us may seem like a fluffy romance from the outside, it’s actually a hard story to read. Colleen focuses on such an important topic that is rarely touched in fiction. She wants to remind us that you shouldn’t trust people so easily, and if you find yourself in a similar situation to Lily and her mother, it’s important that you try to get out as soon as you can.
Hope you enjoyed this review! I’ve tried not too reveal too much just in case you like the sound of it and want to read it yourself! What are you reading at the moment? Have you read anything by Colleen Hoover?